Ryan Eichberger

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I explore digital and visual representations of climate and environment, research that I locate where Rhetoric meets the Environmental Humanities. Currently, I'm exploring temporal visualizations of river and coastal flooding and the corresponding narratives and imaginaries that accompany them.

I seek to understand visual media—such as data displays or rephotography—in context of their corresponding physical spaces, hoping to highlighting the complicated, marginal, sometimes violent histories embedded in our digital expression.

In my research and pedagogy, I ally myself with the environmental humanities. Increasingly, I'm thinking about ways to cross disciplinary boundaries and to reach audiences beyond the academy. I'm always interesting in talking about environment, digital realms, and speculative futures.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • M.A.: English: Literature and Rhetoric & Composition, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, 2013.
  • Certificate: Technical Writing and Editing, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, 2013.
  • B.A.: English & Journalism, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, 2010.


  • Rhetoric of Climate Change
  • Digital visualization
  • Material Rhetorics & Material Ecocriticism
  • Environmental Humanities
Courses Taught
  • WRIT 3029W: Business and Professional Writing
  • WRIT 3562W: Technical and Professional Writing
  • WRIT 1301: Unversity Writing
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Head Writing Coach, University Writing Center, Northern Illinois University: 2012 - 2014
  • Writing Coach, University Writing Center, Northern Illinois University: 2009 - 2012
  • Representative, English Graduate Student Association, Northern Illinois Universty:
  • Volunteer Editor: Y1 Writes: A Collection of Student Essays


  • "Cultivating Ecocomposition: Enacting, Sustaining, and Innovating Composition Practices in the Anthropocene," Conference on College Composition and Communication: Portland, OR, March 17, 2017
  • "Negotiating Crisis in the Magic Land: Blogging, Science Communication, and the Disneyland Measles Outbreak," Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Conference, Houston, TX: April 2016
  • "Science Communication and the Dream in the Mind," Association for the Study of Literature and the Envirornment (ASLE), Moscow, I: June 2015


  • Pit-ography: An Anti-Dogfighting Outreach Campaign, Chicago, IL:
  • Children's Home + Aid, DeKalb, IL:
  • Gail H. White Award for Excellence in Tutoring
  • Hallie J. Hamilton Award for Photojournalism